Earlier this year, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson and teammates Jamaal Jackson and Todd Herremans made a surprise appearance on The View, to the delight of 13-year-old bullying victim Nadin Khoury. The experience had an impact on Jackson, who vowed to work against bullying.
And Jackson is.
Per Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jackson spent time last week in Northern California, speaking at schools and at San Quentin prison.
Jackson admitted to being a bully when he was young. “Bullying is not going to make your mom proud,” Jackson told students at West Oakland’s McClymonds High School on Thursday. “It’s not going to pay your bills. It’s nothing to be proud of.”
It’s great that Jackson is trying to make a difference regarding one of the biggest problems confronting American youth. Though it’s a phenomenon that can never be eliminated, he’s in a position to influence plenty of bullies to tone it down — and to inspire the victims of bullying to find ways to overcome difficult situations.